MACOMB TOWNSHIP, MI – A 34-year-old Shelby Township man was arrested after he was stopped by a Macomb County Deputy who was on patrol and noticed a suspicious vehicle.
On Monday April 6th, 2020, a Macomb County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in Macomb Township in the area of Walnut Creek Drive and Silver Maple Drive. This area recently reported several thefts from vehicles. The deputy observed a 34 year old white male running between two residences and then enter into a white Chevrolet Equinox. This vehicle matched the description of a vehicle believed to be involved with these recent thefts.
The deputy made a traffic stop on the vehicle and observed several items through the rear window that also matched items listed as stolen; purses, credit cards, and driver’s licenses. A later search of the vehicle located three stolen handguns along with several pieces of identification and credit cards belonging to several different people.
The recovered handguns and additional items are reported as stolen out of Macomb, Washington, and Chesterfield Townships. All property was stolen from the owner’s vehicles.
“Please be mindful to keep your vehicles locked. Remember to roll your windows up and do not leave valuable items inside of your vehicle. Weapons should always be secured and never left within a vehicle, even if out of sight.” – Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.
Shirak Zaia, 34, out of Shelby Township was arrested and lodged at the Macomb County Jail. Zaia was charged with six criminal counts by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office:
1. Weapons – Firearms – Receiving and Concealing (felony)
2. Weapons – Firearms – Receiving and Concealing (felony)
3. Weapons – Firearms – Receiving and Concealing (felony)
4. Weapons – Carry Concealed
5. Financial Transaction Device – Stealing/Retaining Without Consent (felony)
6. Financial Transaction Device – Stealing/Retaining Without Consent (felony)
Zaia was arraigned via video in the 41-A Shelby Township District Court. He was given
a $5,000.00 bond (10%) and will have another court date set at a later time.
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